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Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 11:06 p.m.

A public art project, courtesy of American Eagle Outfitters and the Student Conservation Association, will get under way at Point State Park next month, and this time, it's not a giant inflatable duck.

The partnership's Alternative Spring Break program will make a mural on a parking lot wall south of the Point as part of an annual service project.

Kevin Hamilton, vice president for communications from the Student Conservation Association, said past spring break projects focused on threatened wilderness areas. This year's program, “heART This City” shifts focus to urban areas with plants and trees, with four art projects in parks nationwide.

“We're trying to engage young people right in their own communities, to get them outdoors,” he said, “to get to re-energize some of these parks in their own neighborhoods.”

Ed Trask, an urban artist with a reputation for symbolic portraits dealing with preservation, history and spirituality, will probably begin painting the mural a week before the April 26 event, Hamilton said. On that day, as he finishes his work, student and community volunteers and American Eagle employees will clean the space and do some gardening.

Officials from the park and state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources were not available for comment.

The three other public art projects are at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Jean Lafitte National Battlefield in New Orleans and Piotrowski Park and Our Lady of Tepeyac School in Chicago.

This is the seventh annual partnership between American Eagle and the Student Conservation Association.

Melissa Daniels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8511 or

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